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Cirronet Acquired by RF Monolithics 08/28/06

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Cirronet announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by RF Monolithics of Dallas, Texas. The transaction is expected to close in September and is valued at $24 million. RFM also announced a definitive agreement to acquire Caver-Morehead Systems, a leading producer of computerized maintenance management system software.

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Wireless Technology for Process Manufacturing 08/16/06

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ARC Advisory Group has released a new study providing 5-year market analysis and forecast through 2010 for wireless process manufacturing. Strategic issues discussed in that report are:

  • Who are today’s leading suppliers in major market segments?
  • Which industries and regions have higher potential for growth?
  • What factors are critical for adoption of new WSNs?
  • What will be the role of ZigBee and other standards on wireless device adoption?

Report from ARC

Visions for Innovative WSN Applications 08/11/06

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It’s summer time. Why not having a look at something refreshing, with some out-of-the-box thinking?

A European project called Embedded WiSeNts, whose purpose is to promote research in topics related to embedded systems for WSNs, publishes some of its studies online. One of the reports focuses on future applications on a 10-year timeframe. Quite academic for some, but definitely worth a look…

Visions for Innovative Applications Report

Gartner’s Hyped Technologies for 2006 08/10/06

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As pointed out today by the WSN Blog, Gartner released its annual report on hyped technologies with the following comment about Sensor Mesh Network technologies: “The market is still immature and fragmented, and there are few standards, so suppliers will evolve and equipment could become obsolete relatively rapidly. Therefore, this area should be seen as a tactical investment, as mainstream adoption is not expected for more than ten years.” Rather careful statement…

Article from Out-Law.com

Report from Gartner

Tendril Secures $5.25 Million in Venture Funding 08/8/06

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Tendril announced today that the company has secured $5.25 million in Series B funding to continue its growth as the leading provider of network operations platform software for developing and deploying Wireless Sensor and Control Networks.

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They also hired a new CEO, Adrian Tuck, whom we know well from his former position as Executive VP at Ember. Good luck!

Full Press Release

ZigBee, Z-Wave, Other RF Home Control Technologies Face Litigation Risk 08/2/06

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That’s what a new report by WTRS, “Residential Wireless Control Network IP and Patent Report”, claims. With such a title they are pretty sure to drive much attention to their report… Is this a real threat or just the usual buzz around companies fighting against standardization initiatives? Not very clear so far… Inputs or comments welcome…

Article from RF Globalnet

WTRS Report Page

ZigBee FAQ 08/2/06

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When I started to get interested in ZigBee I felt that some kind of FAQ document was missing. Here is a first attempt. It obviously is incomplete, so all contributions and comments will be very well received!

ZigBee FAQ Document